When I was in elementary and middle school, every student would get a school planner to use throughout the year. As a self-proclaimed disorganized student, I quickly found that a paper planner kept me on track with assignments. As I got into high school, I started buying planners based on the layout that I liked and what I knew would work best with my planning style.
In college, I started seeing more and more digital planner layouts popping up on social media. I’m not going to lie — the digital planners that I saw were tempting. The layouts are customizable, cheaper, and reusable, all very appealing characteristics to a college student. But it begs the question — are paper planners better for students?
For every student, staying organized is a difficult task. Using a planner, no matter what type, will be beneficial and help students develop time management skills. However, it’s a safe bet that paper planners will be best for young students starting their time management journey.
Paper planners offer less distractions, better assignment and task recall, multiple sizes, and can still be customizable. Digital planners, while also useful, can potentially do more harm to younger students’ focus, but it may be a good idea to give older students the choice between digital or paper, or a combination of both.